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Steven Smith
Personal information
Full name Steven Smith
Date of birth August 30, 1985 (1985-08-30) (age 24)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current club Rangers
Number 26
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002– Rangers 51 (1)
National team
2004–2005 Scotland U21 (0)
2006 Scotland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 December, 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven Smith (born 30 August 1985 in Bellshill) is a Scottish professional footballer currently playing for Scottish Premier League club Rangers.

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Club career

Smith signed a professional contract with Rangers on 1 June 2002.[1] He made his Rangers debut against Heart of Midlothian on 28 November 2004 as a half-time substitute for Maurice Ross. He played a further three times that season but had to wait until the winter of 2005 to establish himself in the team. He made twenty top team appearances that season including his UEFA Champions League debut against Villarreal CF on 22 February 2006. He signed a two-year contract extension less than a week later, on 27 February 2006.[2 ] Smith went on to win the Scottish Premier League young player of the month for April 2006 which cemented his place as first choice left-back at the club.[3 ]

The then new manager Paul Le Guen kept faith in Smith and despite Rangers' poor results and performances, he started the 2006-07 season in impressive form. This was rewarded with a further contract extension which he signed on 27 October 2006.[4] Smith scored his first goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Dunfermline Athletic on 11 November 2006 during a game where he was named the Man of the Match.[5]

During the winter of 2006, Smith was troubled by a recurring pelvic injury which would eventually sideline him for over a year. His last match before being injured was an Old Firm match on 17 December. Almost a year later, 20 November 2007, it was reported that Smith was finally on the injury comeback and after a successful hernia operation, he was soon to be fit again.[6 ] He returned to the first team, appearing as an unused substitute in a Scottish Cup match against Partick Thistle in March 2008, over fifteen months after his last appearance [7] and he made his first start back in the replay of that match the following month.

Unfortunately the summer of 2008 was to see Smith suffer injuries again and he was ruled out of action until the November 2008. After recovering he found it difficult to make any inroads into the first team picture. He joined Cardiff City on trial on 25 March 2009.[8] However due to injuries and suspensions to seven first team player, Smith was given his first start in over a year on 11 April 2009, in a league match against Motherwell. He played 73 minutes on the unfamiliar position of left midfield but did well enough to keep his place for following matches.[9]

International career

He has played for the Scotland under-21 football team and was in line for his first Scotland appearances in the double header of 2008 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying matches against France and Ukraine in October 2006 but he was ruled out with a thigh injury.[10]

References

  1. ^ Scottish Football League (October 2004). The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2004/05. CRE8. ISBN 0-9548556-0-4.  
  2. ^ "Rangers give Smith new deal". Sky Sports website. 27 February 2006. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11788_2368584,00.html.  
  3. ^ "Top youth Smith praises McLeish". BBC Sport website. 5 May 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/4978866.stm.  
  4. ^ "Gers keeper agrees deal" Sky Sports (27 October 2006)
  5. ^ "Rangers 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic". BBC Sport website. 11 November 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/6133540.stm.  
  6. ^ "Smith's targeting Rangers return". BBC Sport website. 20 November 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/7103463.stm.  
  7. ^ "Rangers 1-1 Partick Thistle" BBC Sport website, 19 March 2008
  8. ^ "Czech and Ranger In Cardiff City Trials" Vital Football (25 March 2009)
  9. ^ "Rangers 3-1 Motherwell" BBC Sport website (11 April 2009)
  10. ^ "Smith denied chance for Scotland". BBC Sport website. 5 October 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/5410810.stm.  

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